“All speech is free, but some speech is more free than others.” This seems to be the motto of the current members of the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors and their General Assembly backers. Like the dictatorial pigs in Orwell’s Animal Farm—who declared “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”—the Board is putting a noble veneer on self-serving and disingenuous arguments....
Once upon a time, American college professors were solidly middle class. While their salaries were relatively modest—particularly given the time and resources required to earn a higher degree, typically a Ph.D.—their standard of living was relatively high and, ...Read more 0
Something surprising has happened in Raleigh: Republicans have suddenly become spendthrifts. And they’re even spending money on education, to boot. Of course, there is a catch: the money in question is going overwhelmingly to the wealthy. When it ...Read more 5
For many Americans, Greece evokes idyllic islands, feta cheese, and “Western civ.” The details of its financial crisis strike them as complex and obscure. We need, however, to understand that the Greek situation concerns us directly. Since the ...Read more Comments Off on Why Greece Matters to North Carolina
The defunding of public higher education currently underway across the country is troubling for many reasons. It is more than just bad policy: gutting public higher education weakens the democratic principles upon which our society is founded—specifically, liberty, ...Read more Comments Off on Why democracy needs higher education